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Old 09-19-2015   #11
Littleton, Colorado
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Windy Wednesday on Rady, glad I read this thread

Read this thread on the weekend, "floated" Pumphouse to Rancho on Wednesday. It was great fishing until 11 AM when the wind started, bad and annoying at first but below Radium it got ridiculous, just in time for Yarmony and the lake.

I just checked a couple of wind gauges in the area and it was 20-30 mph sustained with gusts to 50-60. Deflated the crap out of my JPW dragonfly floor and tubes below Radium, rowed like a floppy tank but caught the current well. Great workout, rowing full out downstream for 3-4 hours when not being blown into one bank or the other. Should have taken the advice of the Minturn Anglers guide "Bob" who offered me a ride to Rancho from Radium, but where's the fun in that?

So thanks to the unnamed grizzled old veteran mentioned above from Spade Hackle as well.

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Old 09-22-2015   #12
fort collins, Colorado
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Thanks for the help

Yeah, to clarify, If im fishing in a group of 3 boats, mine is always way behind. Even if Im rowing my ass off. The boats i fish with range from a 15' NRS or a 12' Trib. Either way, im bringing up the rear. Weight, doesnt seem to matter either. Its like im towing an anchor. Ive got huge tubes so I thought deflating the floor might reduce drag. Maybe make it more "Pontoon like" for non whitewater application. Ill give it a try next week and post what the hell happens.

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Old 09-22-2015   #13
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Old 09-22-2015   #14
fort collins, Colorado
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Alright....I will
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Old 09-22-2015   #15
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Does length of raft play into this? I have a 10.5 ft raft, am I going to be that last guy all the time?

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